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Tiff 2013: ‘Oculus’ revitalizes supernatural horror with an essential dose of heart and smarts

14 September 2013 8:58 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Oculus

Written by Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard

Directed by Mike Flanagan

USA, 2013

Thanks to the likes of James Wan, paranormal horror is all the rage. From Paranormal Activity to Insidious and The Conjuring, audiences are irretrievably hooked to tales of nuclear families being bloodlessly menaced by only-fleetingly-visible entities of malicious intent. What’s remarkable about Mike Flanagan’s Oculus, which follows his no-budget wonder Absentia, is how it manages to wring genuine dread from a beyond-worn subgenre simply by paying close attention to the realities of its deeply troubled characters. Oculus functions equally well as a tragic psychodrama as it does a horror film.

Flanagan appears to have taken inspiration from Stephen King’s seminal It, in which a group of childhood friends reunite to vanquish an evil force that has long plagued their town. Where King’s novel (and the TV-movie adaptation) adopted a neatly bifurcated structure, Flanagan flits between past and present, »

- Simon Howell

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